Critics Accuse U.N. of Funding China 'Gendercide'

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WASHINGTON -- China may be America's fiercest competitor on the world stage, but pretty soon Chinese men will be competing against each other to keep their family lines alive.

By the year 2020, between 40 to 50 million Chinese men won't be able to find wives. Human rights groups blame the situation on a modern-day genocide against baby girls. They call it "gendercide."

"This girl tends to be aborted, killed right after birth, abandoned and trafficked," Chai Ling told CBN News.

Ling founded a group called All Girls Allowed to address the problem and raise awareness.

June marked the one-year anniversary of the program. They celebrated with lawmakers on Capitol Hill by signing a declaration to end gendercide, calling special attention to China's one-child policy, which they say has resulted in killing about 50 million girls.

"I believe that China ought to be today at the hague answering crimes against gender, crimes against humanity, for what they have done," Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said.

China is not the only country participating in gendercide. Many Asian cultures like India, South Korea and Vietnam place a premium on boys, leading some couples to abort their babies once they find out it's a girl. Gendercide is also practiced in places like Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.

Since the United Nations' population fund promotes China's one-child policy, critics say the global body is complicit in China's forced abortions and sterilizations

Consequently, when Republicans asked the public what programs should be on the chopping block in their "Youcut" program, All Girls Allowed suggested the U.N. population fund.

"We just quickly mobilized our prayer warriors and also our supporters. We put a vote to vote and we had two days to vote and then we were able to get the votes in and the Congress was able to decide to cut that," Ling said.

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., said it wouldn't be the first time cuts have been made to the fund.

"President Reagan cut back on it. George W. Bush cut back on it. It's one of those issues that, unfortunately, President Obama reinstated. Our hard-earned tax dollars need to go to more beneficial things," she said.

If the House passes the bill, it would then have to clear the Senate and be signed by the president -- which looks unlikely.

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